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China, ASEAN form comprehensive strategic partnership as Xi chairs summit

2021-11-23 15:52:08 Xinhua News Agency

China and ASEAN agreed to elevate their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership at the special summit to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their dialogue relations.

The Chinese president also called for deepening cooperation in areas such as defense, counter-terrorism, joint maritime search, rescue and exercise, countering transnational crime, and disaster management.

"Joint efforts are needed to safeguard stability in the South China Sea and make it a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation," he said.

A joint statement on "comprehensive strategic partnership for peace, security, prosperity and sustainable development" was released during the summit.

In the statement, the two sides emphasized the need to maintain and promote an environment conducive to the negotiations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC), and look forward to the early conclusion of an effective and substantive COC that is in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, within a mutually-agreed timeline.